Passage: Joshua 1:1-9
“Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (V.9)
I dare say that there is indeed bravery that is based on faith and faith alone. Not on one’s ability to succeed, or on the odds for a happy ending of the story. That type of bravery is based exclusively on God’s character and strength, not ours. That is the bravery that God commanded from Joshua as He charged him to cross over to the Promised Land:
God’s message was simple: “My work does not depend on any one man, even the greatest. Moses died, but my work must go on. Moses is gone, but the Power that made him great is still alive and available to you”.
Truth #1 – He will show up again
God told Joshua to find strength and courage by remembering the past. Joshua had witnessed the countless miracles in the wilderness and so he was reminded that he could trust God to show up again. He understood that he would not be victorious because of his talents, or his ability to fight the battles, but because God promised to show up in battle for him, just as in the past.
Truth #2 – You Are Not Alone
“I will not fail you, nor forsake you”. (v.5b)
Truth # 3 –Fear is NOT of God
“ Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble and be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (v.9)
Truth # 4 – Success and victory come when you obey